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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jun 24, 2012 2:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How'd they do that? (More Lovely '76)

I think the 7/13/76 Crazy Fingers may be my favorite - aside from the first instrumental "metal" version from the '75 rehearsals.
http://archive.org/post/335217/crazy-fingers

As for how they planned sequences, well, Weir was saying in that video linked the other day that they just read each other's minds....hmm. More prosaically, they might've just talked to each other a bit onstage!
In this case, it sounds like Weir just started Let It Grow at random, once the CF jam wound down.

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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 24, 2012 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How'd they do that? (More Lovely '76)

Thanks for positng that link. A great CF discussion.
What a world to live in: All these 1976 versions of Crazy Fingers.
An embarrassment of riches.

While partial to the much ballyhooed 6/14 version

(there was a quality to 6/76 that went away forever when it stopped being 6/76; June sounds to me like Jerry, fresh from not touring w/ the band for quite awhile, was blown away by the power of the new Blues For Allah material *while performing it*)

this stunning 7/13 version has the 'outro' jam perfect: structured, thematically linked to the main body but also exploring new space. No spacey noodling here. Always thought CF was a great potential launch pad ala Playin', but it never turned out that way.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 24, 2012 6:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How'd they do that? (More Lovely '76)

I'm sure it often felt like it; heck, I bet anyone here can play predict-the-tune from a few notes during tuning, so of course they'd be all the more attuned to what note/sequence/chords someone else in the band was playing and sense where it was going and sort of fall in with it if they wanted. In this case, it seems to be Weir at the end of CF, but it's kind of subtle and I wonder if he was picking up on some notes from Jerry, too. It just comes together and emerges suddenly and (to me anyway) surprisingly, so IMO it's neat how they manage that seemingly "out of the blue."

Anyway, wonderful sequence.

I see that nobody in the thread you posted on great CFs mentioned the 6/9! Here's the link; IMO everyone is just perfect in this:

http://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-09.sbd.miller.95399.sbeok.flac16

Btw, in regards to CF jams, this is an interesting comment on the Annotated Dead Lyrcs:

>Regarding Crazy Fingers...if you are interested...as a musician this song includes quite a vast array of chords and key changes--majors to minors, suspended fourths, naturals to flats, etc.

>Unlike a Fire on the Mountain where Jerry could jam in his sleep, a Crazy Fingers jam would require him to keep on his toes mentally and indeed physically possess "Crazy Fingers." Perhaps while Jerry was coming up with the incredibly complex chord progression, this ran through his mind.



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2012-06-24 13:07:03

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jun 25, 2012 6:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How'd they do that? (More Lovely '76)

The jam after CF is in G major modulating to G minor. The first chords of Let it Grow are in A minor. I only listened once but I didn't make out where the transition is made but it does sound like they are on their way to A minor before Bob starts strumming the recognizable chords.

That very pretty turn around from Phil (big bass chords) and the signal from the drummers is definitely essential to this transition.

It feels like they end the CF jam with purpose... who knows if they knew where they were headed...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 25, 2012 9:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How'd they do that? (More Lovely '76)

I wish I could hear all the chord changes and all that musician-y stuff! I can strum a basic guitar and played piano as a kid, but that's it. So I know I miss a lot that musicians can hear. Always nice to get actual details, in the hopes that someday I'll learn to hear it..

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jun 25, 2012 9:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How'd they do that? (More Lovely '76)

You catch that beautiful Phil-prominent section right before the LIG? Really impressed me earlier.

Hearing the chord changes takes some training for sure. I spent a few years listening to GD tunes while looking at chord charts and with guitar in hand. Really helped my playing and listening.

Do you play any Dead tunes on guitar?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 25, 2012 9:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How'd they do that? (More Lovely '76)

Oh, I haven't played in years. Used to play along with friends (mainly bluegrass musicians), and we'd do things like Mama Tried, but my highest achievement was fingerpicking Freight Train and Diamonds and Rust. I'd like to get back into messing around, though. My kid's going to take guitar lessons so maybe that will inspire me :-)

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